Research Article: Scaling Up International Food Aid: Food Delivery Alone Cannot Solve the Malnutrition Crisis

Date Published: November 25, 2008

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): unknown

Abstract: ThePLoS Medicine Editors discuss what role food aid should play in addressing the global childhood malnutrition crisis.

Partial Text: In January 2008, in an article entitled “The Starvelings,” The Economist made the case that childhood hunger and malnutrition have a far greater impact upon child health than was previously thought [1]. The most recent estimates are that stunting, severe wasting, and intrauterine growth restriction together are responsible for 21% of disability-adjusted life years and 2.2 million deaths in children under five years annually [2]. Those malnourished children who do survive are at heightened risk of long-term health, educational, and economic impairment [3]. Hunger is now arguably “the gravest single threat to the world’s public health” [1].



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